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Molkky is a Finnish throwing game, invented in 1996, which I had never heard of... But I learned that it's a very simple project that can be built in a few evenings.

(A friend asked me if I could make a Molkky set for them. I did some research online and then designed my own set in Sketchup and set about building them.)

Step 1: Option: Video Build

If you would prefer, you can watch a video of this project build. Otherwise, read on!

Step 2: Prepare and Glue Up Stock for the Pins

I started with some spare 2x4 stock. I cut them down to pieces approximately 5ft long and then jointed one face.

I then applied a liberal dose of glue and clamped the boards together to make larger pieces.

Once the glue had dried I went back to the jointer and jointed two sides to be a perfect 90-degree angle and then ripped the boards down to be 2-1/2" by 2-1/2" in size.

Step 3: Make the Pins Round-ISH

Most of the Molkky sets that I saw online had round pins. Some were perfectly round, and some used sections of branches for the pins. I don't have a lathe, or a supply of branches. However, I do have a great big roundover bit. So I ran all four sides of my blanks through the roundover bit so I had round-ISH boards at least.

Step 4: Cutting and Labelling the Pins

I then cut all the boards down to 15" sections. These were then split in half with a 30-degree cut, which left pins that were 8" tall. I made a dozen of these pins.

I also made one throwing pin (not shown). I made that out of a 10" chunk of cherry that I happened to have. I could have used some of the glued-up 2x4 stock, but I wanted something with a bit more heft, and the cherry is much denser than the spruce 2x4s that we have around here.

I sanded off all the rough bits, with a special focus on the angled face. I want the face to be as smooth as possible to receive the number.

I used the acetone toner-transfer method to apply numbers to the face of the pins.

(Here is a youtube video where John Heisz of ibuildit.ca explains and demonstrates this method, if you want to learn that also.)


Given that these were end-grain pieces, I was quite pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. I only had to add some colour to the #10 pin.

Step 5: Make a Storage Tote As Well

Making the game was pretty quick and easy. So I decided to also quickly throw together a storage tote to go with it. I designed a simple crate in Sketchup (plan at the bottom of this page) and built it out of various scrap plywood and wood laying around my shop. For the bottom I used some scrap plywood from a classroom lab which has a plastic coating. (the green plastic coating is face down on the tablesaw in the photo, sorry!) I arranged for that to be the bottom of the tote, for durability and water resistance (This is an outdoor game!).

I stacked the two end pieces and then cut a curve on the top and smoothed it on my Homemade disc sander.

Two two-inch-wide slats were fastened on both sides of the tote. The bottom slat and the end were positioned up about 1/16", so that only the plastic coating on the bottom of the plywood base would contact the ground.

I gave all the pieces a quick shot of spray lacquer. This will give some much needed protection to the toner-transfer numbers.

By accident I designed the ends of the tote a bit on the short side, so I had to change my handle to an arched handle to provide sufficient clearance. I changed the plans below such that the ends were two inches taller.

Step 6: Very Basic Plans.

Here are the (very basic) plans that I used to build this game. Please note that this first drawing does not allow for the saw kerf, so in reality I cut these pieces to 15" long (as noted above) before cutting them in two.

<p>Looks a lot like Kuub!... A viking version of a throwing game!</p>
<p>how do you play these games?</p>
<p>I've played Kuub also! That's a good outdoor summer game as well.</p>
<p>What about maybe using 2.5 x 2.5 pressure treated landscaping timber? </p>
<p>I like the carrier - I was in a rush when I made my set, didn't think to design one:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Molkky/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Molkky/</a></p>
<p>Your set is even easier than mine to build. I almost copied you, but my &quot;client&quot; really wanted round(ish) pins, so I improvised. I'm really glad that I made the carrier, as these are kind of heavy. An old milk crate would also work.</p>
<p>A paper bag certainly doesn't last long when you're playing outdoors...</p>
<p>Loved it. The part where you were eating chips was just the right touch. That made my day.</p>
<p>That was a tribute to Jay Bates of &quot;Jays custom creations&quot;. He's another youtube woodworker and he's done the &quot;watching glue dry&quot; joke on a number of his videos. Thanks for the comment!</p>
<p>Please remember, that <b>M&ouml;lkky</b> (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_language" rel="nofollow">Finnish</a>: [ˈm&oslash;lkːy]) is a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland" rel="nofollow">Finnish</a> throwing game invented by Tuoterengas company in 1996. It is reminiscent of<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyykk%C3%A4" rel="nofollow">kyykk&auml;</a>, a centuries-old throwing game with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelia" rel="nofollow">Karelian</a> roots. However, m&ouml;lkky does not require as much physical strength as kyykk&auml;, and is more suitable for everyone regardless of age and condition. M&ouml;lkky requires no special equipment and success is based on a combination of chance and skill. Tuoterengas has sold nearly 200,000 sets in Finland. Tuoterengas owns the M&ouml;lkky-trademark.</p>
<p>This is a great game for parties! How do you play?</p>
<p>I have a printable instruction sheet on my version of this project: </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Molkky/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Molkky/</a></p>
<p>See also <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb</a> which is a bit similar and also called Viking Chess.</p>
<p>See <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mölkky" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M&ouml;lkky</a></p>
<p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Molkky/</p>

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